The Widow's Ransom by Mallary Mitchell
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Full Length (262 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia
He took a hostage, but got a wife.
Desperate to keep the bank from taking his land, River Kirby kidnaps widow, Abigail Hoff, with the intent to hold her for ransom.
Abigail has other ideas--a mutually beneficial plan that will save River's farm and allow her to remain in Kansas...River will pose as her husband.
A frontier comedy of errors that has a serious undercurrent of prejudice, The Widow's Ransom grabs one’s attention at once and holds it to the very end.
Abigail Hoff finally has a chance to live life on her own terms. Even though it’s risky, she wants to prove her own personal worth more than she fears the consequences of a hasty decision. Her inner strength, intelligence, and acceptance of others make one hope her implausible scheme works. The longhaired, be-ringed man in the saloon looks dangerous but his eyes smile at her. She is sure he won’t hurt her and decides he can help her reach her goal.
Black River Kirby, half Shawnee and half Irish - who is on the edge of being an outlaw - is intrigued by Abigail. He, long ago, came to terms with not being accepted in society, but he needs the money to save his horse farm so much that he agrees to her chancy plan. He has no intentions of helping her any longer than necessary. However, the best laid plans of this unlikely couple and their questionable friends and acquaintances lure the reader into their emotionally cluttered lives and into adrenaline-pumping events that would scare the daylights out of almost any other person. They also entertain with their humorous antics, but most gratifying of all is the soul–satisfying love that grows deep and true. Some of the bad guys are despicable beyond belief. They make the blood boil.
The Widow's Ransom is a frontier love story that hums with energy as the hero and heroine skate close to the edge of the law while they come to recognize their self-worth and work with all their might to reach their happy-ever-after. Mallary Mitchell tugs the reader into the story and captivates with a delightful writing style that keeps emotions sizzling.